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[dee-te-stey-shuh n] /ˌdi tɛˈsteɪ ʃən/
abhorrence; hatred.
a person or thing detested.
Origin of detestation
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin dētestātiōn- (stem of dētestātiō), equivalent to dētestāt(us) (past participle of dētestārī to detest; see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
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  • For once, the music of her voice was lost in a discordant cry of detestation.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • It is at about this period that my detestation of Calais knows no bounds.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • Thirdly, that they are never set forth as the objects of ridicule, but detestation.

    Joseph Andrews Vol. 1 Henry Fielding
  • detestation of the high is the involuntary homage of the low.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • His detestation of the race increased, while yet every nerve was alert to miss no chance.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • Because of that my detestation of him became a personal, active thing.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • And yet she felt no resentment, no detestation, no censure, no rebuke.

    The Heart of Thunder Mountain Edfrid A. Bingham
  • Cannibalism was regarded by them with horror and detestation.

    The Hawaiian Islands The Department of Foreign Affairs
  • But there were no feelings of that kind to come in the way of the detestation he felt for Lucy.

    The Magic City Edith Nesbit
British Dictionary definitions for detestation


intense hatred; abhorrence
a person or thing that is detested
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for detestation

mid-15c., from French détestation (14c.), from Latin detestationem (nominative detestatio) "execration, detestation," from past participle stem of detestari (see detest).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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